Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Missing plane's black box batteries may have died

Australia

Airliner's black box batteries may have died

The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner continued to focus today on a search for weakening radio signals from deep beneath the ocean despite mounting evidence that the batteries in the plane's black boxes may finally have died. Following four strong underwater signals earlier this month, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. The search coordination center said early today that no new electronic pings have been detected since Tuesday by an Australian ship dragging a U.S. Navy device that listens for flight recorder signals. Once officials are confident that no more sounds will be heard, a robotic submersible will be sent down to the floor of the southern Indian Ocean to scour for wreckage at a walking pace. But the center said the Australian ship would continue the signal hunt today, along with a British warship and an Australian P-3 Orion plane. The warship and the plane have sophisticated acoustic detection equipment.

Cape Canaveral

NASA says launch of supply ship set

NASA is pressing ahead with today's planned launch of a supply ship despite a computer outage at the International Space Station, saying the situation is safe. Mission managers decided Sunday to proceed with the countdown for the SpaceX capsule, already a month late in delivering 2 tons of cargo. "We're good to go," space station program manager Mike Suffredini said. Good weather is forecast for the 4:58 p.m. launch.

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Woman held after 7 bodies are found

A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home south of Salt Lake City until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, police said. Investigators declined to comment on a motive and what Huntsman said during an interview with investigators.

Red Bluff, Calif.

No evidence of fire before bus was hit

Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are not ruling out a pre-impact fire, but a fire expert did not find evidence of flames as the truck crossed a median, sideswiped a car and struck the bus on Thursday.

Elsewhere

Syria: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a village in Syria were so far unsubstantiated, and that the United States was trying to establish what happened before it considers a response.

Times wires

Missing plane's black box batteries may have died 04/13/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after:Matt Andriese trying to put good finish on injury-marred season

    Blogs

    RHP Matt Andriese can't make up for the 2 1/2 months he missed due to a hip injury this season after getting off to a solid 5-1, 3.54 start.

    But he can use his last few outings to remind the Rays, and himself, of how good he can be.
    He did it the hard way Thursday, allowing three runs as four of the …

  2. Trigaux: Tampa Bay household income tops $50,000 but still makes us look poor

    Personal Finance

    The good news is Tampa Bay's median household income finally crawled above $50,000 last year. The bad news is that figure — officially $51,115 by new U.S. Census Bureau data — still puts the Tampa Bay region as the poorest of the nation's 25 largest metro areas.

    Tampa Bay still has the lowest median household income among the 25 most populous metro areas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
[Times]
  3. Oh, Florida! Irma's gone, but she left behind plenty of lessons for us

    Columns

    I don't want to make light of the misery and death that Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida this month. A lot of it was ugly, and some of it was downright criminal. We saw greed and pettiness on …

    A Fort Myers woman who'd recently undergone a double-organ transplant painted a sign that said, "HOT SINGLE FEMALE SEEKS SEXY LINEMAN TO ELECTRIFY HER LIFE" and sure enough, she got her power turned back on. [Photo from video]
  4. Florida education news: Makeup days, accountability, charter schools and more

    Blogs

    MAKEUP DAYS: The Pasco County school district alters the daily schedule of 11 schools to make up teaching time missed because of Hurricane Irma, avoiding the …

    With students back in school after Hurricane Irma, schools across Florida begin scheduling makeup days for missed classroom time.
  5. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]